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  • Elephant nose mormyrid 'is a difficult pet' Elephant nose mormyrid 'is a difficult pet' - 1st December, 2011

    The elephant nose mormyrid (Gnathonemus petersii) is a popular fish for advanced fish keepers because of its strange nose, which is actually an organ it uses to find food in murky water.For this reason, the ...


  • Argulus 'are a serious problem' Argulus 'can be taken care of with medicines' - 1st December, 2011

    Argulus, or fish lice, is not the most common problem among fish and can break out in ponds but is unlikely to occur in aquariums.These parasites can be large enough to see with the naked eye an...


  • Clown loaches 'should be kept with friends' Clown loaches 'should be kept with friends' - 30th November, 2011

    Clown loaches are a social and complex fish that should share their habitat with at least five or six other clown loaches, although they can also live with many other species.They require good ...


  • Comet goldfish are 'popular and hardy' Comet goldfish are 'popular and hardy' - 30th November, 2011

    Comets are a popular choice among fish keepers and have become the most common species of goldfish in the world.They can reach over 12 inches (30cm) in length and live for over 14 years if cared for properly, so should be kept in larger tanks or...


  • Riccardia 'grows very slowly' Riccardia 'grows very slowly' - 29th November, 2011

    Riccardia chamaedrifolia, also known as mini-pellia or coral moss, is a hardy aquarium plant with a slow growth rate.With ...


  • Black ghost knifefish 'can eat out of owner's hands' Black ghost knifefish 'can eat out of owner's hands' - 29th November, 2011

    The black ghost knifefish, or Apteronotus albifrons, is generally a reclusive and timid aquarium fish but has been known to accept fish food out of its owner's hand.It can grow up to 20 inch...


  • Breeding glowlight tetra 'is a moderate challenge' Breeding glowlight tetra 'is a moderate challenge' - 28th November, 2011

    The glowlight tetra is a good challenge for amateur breeders as it is considered moderately difficult to get them to reproduce in a fish tank.It can sometimes be hard to d...


  • Mystery of male guppy colours solved Mystery of male guppy colours solved - 28th November, 2011

    New research has revealed the reason why male guppies have a characteristic orange patch.The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, revealed this is the colour female guppies prefer.Lead author of the investigation Kerry Dee...


  • Pygmy chain sword 'can be very easy to grow' Pygmy chain sword 'can be very easy to grow' - 27th November, 2011

    The pygmy chain sword, or echinodorus tenellu, is a popular aquarium plant due to the ease with which it can be cultivated and its attractive appearance.It works best with ...


  • How to care for mini chocolate gourami How to care for mini chocolate gourami - 26th November, 2011

    The parasphaerichthys lineatus, also known as the mini chocolate gourami, is a tropical freshwater fish from Burma.It should generally be kept in a species-specific tank as it can be out-competed for ...

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